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The Germans reacted as they always did.Over three thousand troops were deployed in Operation Kalavryta ,...

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I think Jack muttered 'Christ!' under his breath and turned away. We were welcomed inboard by Jack...

A Jewish Hero in the SOE Part 1

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X-Craft Diver 1943 - Part 11

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An Interrogator's Life (Part 2)

I had been with 10th Division for only a few days, when an Italian in semi-uniform presented himself at my...

A Jewish Hero in the SOE Part 2

It reveals that her immediate postwar research and interviews with German war criminals and eye witnesses...

X-Craft Diver 1943 - Part 10

Heading them was the skipper, Jack Oakley, all of twenty-eight years old, and balding, seeming more or less...

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Jack Nissenthall- The VC Hero Who Never Was: Part 2

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An Interrogator's Life (Part 1)

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Children of the Park: Memories of Bletchley Park

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